Aiken provides free use of Dumpster

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AIKEN --- Ann Dicks knows the power of a Dumpster.

"It's been very beneficial to us," Ms. Dicks, the president of the Governor Aiken Park Neighborhood Association, said.

Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Dicks' neighborhood, which is off South Boundary Street, was involved in a community cleanup, and a county program called Dial-a-Dumpster came in handy.

For a few days, residents in Ms. Dicks' neighborhood were able to use the Dumpster provided by the city to get rid of unwanted items such as old bicycles, mattresses and even refrigerators.

Cynthia Mitchell, a city worker involved with the program, said the idea of providing a free Dumpster to neighborhoods when requested was started in 2005 with two Dumpsters. Since then, she said, the program has been in high demand, causing the city to add two more Dumpsters.

"The program is quite popular," Ms. Mitchell said. Since Jan. 15, 50 Dial-a-Dumpster requests have been made.

"The Dumpsters are usually booked weeks in advance," Ms. Mitchell said. "... We started this program to help people keep their yards and garages free of unwanted items but who did not have the means to haul these things to a landfill."

In Augusta, city administrator Fred Russell said residents can rely on curbside pickup service for such larger unwanted items.

In Columbia County, trash pickup is done by individual contracts. Residents may also haul larger items to an Advanced Disposal transfer station on Columbia Road in Appling.

DIAL-A-DUMPSTER

HOW TO REQUEST ONE:

- Get five people to sign a request for a Dumpster

- Then turn in an application to the Neighborhood and Development Services Division, 655 Kershaw St. NE. Include a requested drop off and pick up date.

LEARN MORE: Call (803) 642-7780 for more information.


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